So i am getting ready to move to NY and trying to avoid living in my sister's or brother's basement until i can afford a decent rent. I am looking into living options - assuming that i will work in manhattan (mid-town east), and knowing that i can't afford to live *in* the city, i am checking out options in Long Island, queens, NJ, etc., obviously taking into account the costs of transportation and wear and tear on me...
In my searches, i came across two interesting options and was wondering if anyone had heard of them, used them, or know someone who uses them:
1. "boarding houses" in NYC , run mostly by religious orders (but open to all). they are mostly located in mid town (east or west) and not too expensive.
The pros would be location, no need for transportation costs (or max would be the local subway), and price.
The cons - most feature shared bathrooms and you just get the one room (they have common areas). Most dont' allow fridges or *any* kind of cooking in the room, including a coffee maker.
2. New York Housing Connect - which appears to be some kind of rent-controlled/sliding scale *in* the city. you need to register, apply and then wait till your number comes up.
Does anyone have any information on these? or other ideas? (I am pretty well set as to where i would move to in queens/brooklyn or nj if i decide to do that. but the prices offered in these two options were mucho lower).